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Meet two of the tiniest avian members of the Department of Teeny-weeny Wonders, a Green-crowned Brilliant hummingbird (Heliodoxa jacula) (top) and a Green Violetear hummingbird (Colibri thalassinus) (bottom). These stunning macro photos provide an remarkably close look at two incredibly small and fast-moving birds - both covered in the itty-bittiest feathers you’ll ever see. They were taken by photographer Chris Morgan in Costa Rica at the Bosque de Paz biological reserve in 2011.

"The hummingbirds were so tempting to photograph to the point of madness! Eventually with patience you get quite close, and I love seeing the details of these little guys," says Morgan.

Head over to Chris Morgan’s Flickr page to check out more of his wonderful photos, including an entire album of beautiful bird photos.

[via Lost At E Minor]

The Department of Teeny-weeny Wonders can’t stop marveling at the impeccably detailed, impossibly tiny miniature food created by Rochester, MN-based artist Kim of fairchildart. From fruit and veggies to mouthwatering main courses, tantalizing sweets, and even a cannibal’s feast, all of Kim’s 1:12 scale food sculptures are handmade using polymer clay, needles, colored chalk pastels, rocks, razor blades and awesome attention to detail.

"I started out in July of 2008 with a book by Sue Heaser called Making Doll’s House Miniatures with Polymer Clay. It’s a fantastic book with very easy to follow tutorials on everything from miniature potatoes to Tiffany style lamps. I was amazed at how such simple clay techniques could produce incredibly realistic results. From there I started using pictures of real food as a reference and it’s spiraled into an obsession ever since!”

When asked how she manages to make her miniature food look so realistic, Kim says that secret to her success is: “a good dose of artistic masochism and being a stickler for details.”

Click here to view lots more of Kim’s fantastically food miniatures.

She also has pieces available for purchase via the fairchildart Etsy shop.

[via DeMilked]

Ready for some more awesome paper art?

These astonishingly intricate paper sculptures are the work of Virginia-based artist and professor Eric StandleyWe can’t stop staring at them. Eric uses multicoloured, layered paper and a laser cutter to create mesmerizing pieces that bear a remarkable resemblance to stained glass windows.

Visit Design Stories to view more of Eric’s amazing paper sculptures.

We’ve featured the incredibly awesome and painstaking work of New York-based artist Kevin Champeny a couple times before: You may recall his beautiful and astonishingly elaborate mosaics or his wonderfully colourful and complex candy chandeliers, aka Candeliers.

So we were delighted when Kevin recently contacted us about this seriously impressive video featuring time-lapse footage of him building one of his awesome Candeliers. In fact, it’s the very same Candelier featured in this post.

Kevin spends over 156 hours on the construction of one Candlier. This particular piece was made using over 3000 hand-cast acrylic GummiBears and measures 18” in diameter. It’s a deliciously awesome sight to behold and we’re even more impressed now that we’ve seen exactly how it was made. Thanks Kevin!

(Have you made something awesome that you’d like us to see? Submit it here.)

"You’re gonna need a bigger boat!"

Gabrielle Rogers and Stefan Auer craft ships in bottles. They received a special request to recreate a combination of scenes from the 1975 horror/thriller film Jaws and boy did they do an awesome job.

Click here for lots of process photos and a step-by-step description of the creation process. The amount of detail is amazing. We might just have to go home and watch Jaws tonight!

[via Neatorama]

From the Department of Awesome Snowflake Photography come these astonishing photos by Don Komarechka, a skilled macro photographer based in Ontario, Canada.

But these images are more than just impressive macro photos. Don uses a “focus stacking technique” that enables us to get an even better look at these microscopic natural marvels. During post processing Komarechkha takes multiple images of the same snowflake shot at different focus distances and merges them. To created first photo in this post, entitled 12-Sided Shimmer, Don stacked 45 separate images. The photo immediately below that one is the result of stacking 34 separate images.

"The process is unlike most other photographers who shoot snowflakes, and allows me to play with prismatic color and surface reflections to a much greater degree."

While reading about Komarechka’s full process, we learned one extremely fun fact. The black background all of his snowflakes are on is actually just a plain black mitten he received from his grandmother years ago. As he states, “This is so I can have a dark background, and because the snowflakes get caught in the fibers and bring the background out of focus. It also serves as an insulator, preventing the snowflake from melting on contact. I’ve searched everywhere for a better surface, and I keep coming back to the black mitten.”

[via My Modern Metropolis]

These awesomely tiny and incredibly intricate violins are made by Scottish miniaturist David Edwards. The 1/12 scale violins measure a mere 1.5 inches long and are modeled after Stradivarius violins. It takes David a few months to make to make a single miniature violin. Head over to the BBC to view photos of his process.

"Edwards quit a career as a classical musician in 1983 in order to become a full time miniaturist. In addition to the violins he makes all manner of miniature handmade household goods. Edwards is now 76 years old and has “reduced” his daily work schedule to 7 to 8 hours.”

Photos via the BBC and David Edwards

[via Laughing Squid]

Source Laughing Squid

How would you like to have a kitchen that looked like this? It’s so awesome you might just forget why you walked into the room in the first place. Hm, that could be an interesting new diet fad - the distracting kitchen.

Global Cityis an impressive new mural by graffiti artist Deck Two that was completed early this month in New York. The line drawing, which stretches across white walls and cabinet doors, includes major landmarks and scenes from countries around the world. Watch the artist at work in this video shot and edited by Nathalie Lapicorey and Thomas Dartigues.

[via Colossal]